The Library

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable
for doctrine,
for reproof,
for correction,
for instruction in righteousness,

that the man of God may be complete,
thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Do you like to read? Do you have a good collection of books inside your home? (I know that at least two of my readers do and were probably nodding their heads just now.) How about your local, public library? Do you like to go there to spend time researching a topic, and/or reading or picking up books to take them home?

Noah Webster 1828 defines “library” as:

1. A collection of books belonging to a private person, or to a public institution or a company.

Whether the books are your own or belong to the public library, it is always a good idea to have them organized. Your local library has its specific system for that. Are you using a certain type of system, too, on how to organize your books at home, or have you come up with your own?

Beside other materials and resources, the library contains a variety of fiction and non-fiction books. Knowing its system, we will find it easy to locate one or more books that will offer us advice and knowledge on a selection of topics.

The Bible, God’s Word, is also a “collection” of books, bound together as one, that offers an amazing wide and powerful selection of knowledge. Let’s read what Noah Webster said about the Bible:

BI’BLE, n. [Gr. a book.]
THE BOOK, by way of eminence; the sacred volume, in which are contained the revelations of God, the principles of Christian faith, and the rules of practice. It consists of two parts, called the Old and New Testaments.

God’s Word contains so much wisdom, including answers to life’s toughest questions like:

Where do we come from?
What’s the meaning of life?
Where do we go from here? Is there life after death?

Let me conclude with a quote, which also happens to be the last sentence of the paragraph in which Noah Webster defined the word “Bible”

The Bible should be the standard
of language
as well as of faith.

Pick up and read your Bible today.

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Wait and Renew

But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are the One who makes us new and who gives us the strength we need. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we do not wait on You. Help us to run the race, keeping our mind and focus on You—the Author and Finisher of our faith. Renew our strength day by day so that we are able to run and not be weary and so that we shall walk and not faint. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Prices have gone up tremendously over the last two years, and so has the hosting plan for this website. It’s three, nearly four-times as much as it used to be. This year I decided not to renew its plan with the current provider, but to move it to another host.

The address will remain the same, and as a subscriber you will probably not notice anything except for that there will not be any more blog posts during the month of November.

Until December 2022,

Keep studying, praying, and singing God’s Word today.

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Fear Him

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,

To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

Psalm 103:17-18

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are high and lifted up. Thank You, LORD, for loving us with such an amazing Love. You humbled Yourself and came down to this earth to save Your people from their sins. Your mercy toward those who fear You is as great as the heavens are high above the earth; You have removed our transgressions as far as the east is from the west and pitied those who fear You. Hallelujah! Enable us, O God we pray, to love You more and more with each day. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

What or who is it that we fear today?

Prices going up? The stressed workers at the supermarket? That we might catch a virus, become sick, or any results from the doctor’s office? An ongoing or outbreaking war? People in power?

Tuesday’s blog encouraged you to trust that God is mightier than any kind of situation that you could ever face. Today’s blog post wants to encourage you to dwell upon the fear of the LORD. I strongly believe that the two, namely, knowing that God is mightier than whatsoever or whosoever there is, and the fear of God, go together.

I’m not talking about a fear about having to face the consequences of our wrongdoing, and I’m not thinking of that fear which happens in an abusive relationship. What I mean instead is a fear as a result of reverence, “to have a reverential awe” (as Noah Webster calls it).

Fear the LORD today.

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